NFL PREVIEW: 2020 DALLAS COWBOYS

BY ADAM GREENE

Key Additions: DT Gerald McCoy (free agent), CB Maurice Canady (free agent). S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (free agent), TE Blake Bell (free agent), K Greg Zuerlein (free agent), DT Dontari Poe (free agent), OLB/DE Aldon Smith (free agent), CB Salvion Smith (free agent), CB Daryl Worley (free agent), QB Andy Dalton (free agent), LT Cameron Erving (free agent)

2020 NFL Draft: WR CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma (round 1), CB Trevon Diggs, Alabama (round 2), DT Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma (round 3), CB Reggie Robinson II, Tulsa (round 4), C Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin (round 5), DE Bradlee Anae, Utah (round 5), QB Ben DiNucci, James Madison (round 7)

Projected Offensive Starters: QB Dak Prescott, RB Ezekiel Elliott, WR Amari Cooper, WR Michael Gallup, WR CeeDee Lamb, TE Blake Jarwin, LT Tyron Smith, LG Connor Williams, C Joe Looney, RG Zack Martin, RT La’el Collins

Projected Defensive Starters: LDE DeMarcus Lawrence, LDT Gerald McCoy, RDT Dontari Poe, RDE Tyrone Crawford, WLB Leighton Vander Esch, MLB Jaylon Smith, SLB Sean Lee, LCB Chidobe Awuzie, RCB Trevon Diggs, SS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS Xavier Woods

K: Greg Zuerlein

P: Chris Jones

Head Coach: Mike McCarthy

2019 Season: 8-8, 2nd place, NFC East

A Look Back: Dallas opened the season with a lot of promise , cruising to a 3-0 record over three of the worst teams in the NFL. Unfortunately, their first game against a good team, a 12-10 loss to the New Orleans Saints, led to a downward spiral which the team never really recovered.

But, hey, that’s not a bad thing, right? This was a good roster with a major head coaching deficiency that had finally become too much to overcome. After plenty of soul searching at the end of the season, owner Jerry Jones tossed Jason Garrett on the nearest ice flow and shoved him out to sea.

In spite of the disappointing season, some good things happened in Dallas. Dak Prescott solidified his position as one of the NFL’s few franchise quarterbacks, completing 65.1 percent of his passes for 4,902 yards, 30 touchdowns and 11 picks and Ezekiel Elliott became the first big money running back of the last half decade not to immediately regress and get injured after cashing in on a big deal.

Of all the head coaching jobs available in the NFL, the Cowboys’ was easily the best. They should have had their pick of coaches. How could they go wrong?

2020 Projection: By hiring Mike McCarthy. That’s how. Of all the stupid hires Jerry Jones could have made, this was the absolute worst. They would have been better off keeping Jason Garrett. This is a disaster and what makes it worse is that the Dallas roster is too good for the wheels to stay off two seasons in a row. The Cowboys could go 10-6 and lose in the first round of the playoffs and Jerry will claim it a success when, with the right head coach, this is a potential Super Bowl team.

I feel sorry for the Cowboys players and their fanbase. Nobody deserves Mike McCarthy.

Projected 2020 Final Record: 10-6. As of right now, 10-14 wins pays at -155 as does over 9.5 wins. Barring an injury to Prescott, this team should always be good for double digit victories and McCarthy’s career has been saved before by elite QB play in spite of his high school-level play designs and calls.

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